Catamaran OK; Coast Guard heads home

By on March 27, 2013

A 109-foot catamaran that had reportedly lost its mast was back underway after the crew started its engine, the Coast Guard reported Wednesday night

An airplane from the Coast Guard’s air station in Elizabeth City was sent to help the Mouse Trap after a distress signal was sent at about 1:15 p.m.

Crew members subsequently made contact with the Rescue Coordination Center in Gris Nez, France, initially reporting that the vessel had lost its mast and one crew member had died, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The boat, with nine aboard, was about 500 miles southeast of Bermuda, the Coast Guard said.

At about 4 p.m., the Coast Guard received notification from the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center that the Mouse Trap’s crew was no longer in distress and was en route to the Cayman Islands.

An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft has returned to base.

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